High-flying left back Benjamin Mendy‘s Manchester City takeoff has been delayed by a thigh injury. Pep Guardiola revealed Thursday that Mendy is doubtful for City’s Aug. 12 Premier League opener at Brighton and Hove Albion despite passing a medical to push through a $68 million move from Monaco. Saying Mendy is “a little bit injured,” Guardiola said to expect an absence of two to three weeks. The depth chart behind Mendy is incomplete, though City has added two right backs this offseason in Kyle Walker and Danilo. The latter would be the front-runner to start in Mendy’s place, as he did in a 3-5-2 as Man City beat Real Madrid 4-1 on Wednesday.
Ross Barkley will "100 per cent" leave Everton despite a lack of offers for the England international, Ronald Koeman has said. Midfielder Barkley rose through the youth ranks to become an established member of the first team at Goodison Park, but doubts emerged over his future at the end of last season when it became apparent he was stalling on signing a new contract. Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, while Everton are said to have had two bids rebuffed for Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson who has been outlined as a replacement.
On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy fired their coach, the other soccer team from the City of Angels landed their first coach. Los Angeles FC hired Bob Bradley, former Premier League and U.S. men's national team boss, to be the club's inaugural manager on Thursday. The team broke the news with video of Bradley in black and gold Los Angeles gear. LAFC will be joining the LA Galaxy in Los Angeles at the start of the 2018 MLS season and boast an ownership group that includes Will Ferrell, Magic Johnson, Nomar Garciaparra, Mia Hamm and others. Before joining Swansea City in 2016, Bradley had an extremely successful career as an MLS coach, so fans are deservedly excited about the hire. Bradley last